John Delighted at Scottish Government’s Coul Links Decision

Welcoming the decision of Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, John said: “I am absolutely delighted that this ill thought out and unsuitable application has been rejected. It seems the Scottish Government has learned the lesson from the disastrous decision to grant permission for Trump’s course in Aberdeenshire … Continue reading John Delighted at Scottish Government’s Coul Links Decision

Last night (18th February 2020) John spoke in a Member's debate on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s decision to enrol pupils entering P1 into Gaelic-medium education (GME) as the default choice. You can read and watch John's speech below.   "Moran taing is gabhaibh mo leisgeul. Chan eil ach beagan Gaidhlig agam. Mar as àbhaist, feumaidh … Continue reading

Greens win greater protections for biometric data

Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP today secured support for an amendment to the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill which adds greater protections for data held by the police. The Bill creates the position of Biometrics Commissioner who will provide independent oversight of police use of biometric data, including by creating a code of practice. … Continue reading Greens win greater protections for biometric data

Brexit Will Erode Scotland’s Justice System From Day One

Scotland’s justice system will be downgraded from the moment we leave the European Union, according to Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP. Speaking at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted that, despite assurances from the Home Office, the European Arrest Warrant will not continue to operate as it currently does, with a … Continue reading Brexit Will Erode Scotland’s Justice System From Day One

John Calls on Scottish Government to Reject Coul Links Application

Yesterday (Wednesday 15th January) John led a Member's Debate in the Chamber ahead of World Wetland's Day 2020 on February 2nd. In his speech to MSPs John highlighted the valuable role Scotland's protected Wetlands serve in protecting biodiverse habitats across Scotland for many species and the dangers posed to them by climate change and human … Continue reading John Calls on Scottish Government to Reject Coul Links Application

John Welcomes End Of Abellio Tenure of Scotrail

John as the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson has welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government that the Abellio’s tenure as ScotRail franchisee is to be ended. In a statement to parliament this afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP indicated that the franchise will come to an end in 2022, and will not be ‘rebased’. Commenting … Continue reading John Welcomes End Of Abellio Tenure of Scotrail

Sheku Bayoh Inquiry Must Have Power to Call Witnesses

The inquiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh must have the power to summon witnesses, John has said, responding to the announcement as Scottish Green justice spokesperson. Responding to a Ministerial Statement laying out the proposals for a “full and public” inquiry, Finnie said key individuals such as former Chief Constable Sir Stephen House should … Continue reading Sheku Bayoh Inquiry Must Have Power to Call Witnesses

Equal Protection Bill Granted Royal Assent

John Member’s Bill on giving children in Scotland equal protection from assaults has been granted Royal Assent on November 7th becoming an Act; this follows last month’s passage by the Scottish Parliament. The Act which was supported by an overwhelming majority of the Scottish Parliament means that children in Scotland will soon be given the … Continue reading Equal Protection Bill Granted Royal Assent

John Calls for End of Private Prisons

The Scottish Government must urgently review its private prison expenditure after the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, Colin McConnell, confirmed that inflation uplifts built into these contracts result in cuts to the overall prison budget, according to John the Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson . Colin McConnell made the statement at Hoylrood’s Justice Committee … Continue reading John Calls for End of Private Prisons